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[texts]Beyond tentmaking: a study in bivocational ministry - Doran, Frederick Henry.
The aim of this project/thesis is to explore and reflect upon the ramifications of the relationship between parish ministry and real estate, and to lift up a unique kind of ministry to scrutiny, it is also its aim to make certain recommendations to future ministers, to seminary professors, to denominational officials, and to those engaged in the real estate business. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Part-time employment
Downloads: 32
[texts]Las posadas: Hispanic ministry and the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Massachusetts - Dickson, Priscilla Nye.
This project thesis will present: first, some understanding of the social location and spirituality of Hispanics and the Episcopal Church, a description of what happened in meetings, and third, the theological foundation for the work. Finally I present a model which will hopefully be useful for others who are working to help groups of people of different backgrounds to understand each other and work together...
Keywords: Church work with Hispanic Americans--Episcopal Church
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[texts]A baptismal model for ministry in the Episcopal Church - Shumard, Jim.
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the two primary sacraments of the Church and The Book of Common Prayer clearly puts them at the core of our liturgical life together and at the core of ministry. I hope in this thesis to, in the words of Fredrica Thompsett, “weave a tapestry of advice,” which clearly lifts up the symbols and values of baptism and the ministry of the baptized as expressed in the liturgies of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist...
Keywords: Lay ministry--Episcopal Church
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[texts]Helping the land help people know God: Towards a theology and practice of sustainable agriculture - Was, Brent Gavin.
The purpose of writing the thesis that follows is to begin to lay a foundation for a Christian practice of sustainable agriculture. -- Abstract
Keywords: Sustainable development--Religious aspects--Christianity
Downloads: 43
[texts]Dangerous remembering: allies in resistance and recovery - Crouse, Megan A.
Investigate what I would call “helping” or “healing” relationships between survivors and their “allies,” focusing in particular on those of us who profess religious, spiritual or theological dimensions in our work. Because we allies operate in many different arenas: social work, pastoral care, political advocacy, education, religious congregations, psychotherapy and spiritual direction, for example, I am interested in exploring what may be our common experiences of trauma and recover...
Keywords: Psychic trauma--Treatment development--Religious aspects--Christianity
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[texts]Anti-oppression and feminist pedagogies for online feminist liberation theological education - Hipsher, B. K.
In this paper I will look at pedagogical models that make space for mutual support and encouragement, interactive dialogical learning, respectful conversation and the formation of community within the learning environment. These principles are described as feminist and anti-oppression in their focus particularly because they value the voice and opinion of all and specifically make space for marginalized opinions, views that do not coincide with the values and focus of dominant cultural perspecti...
Keywords: Feminist liberation theology--Study and teaching
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[texts]The bread of life : a theo-ethical analysis of world agriculture - Greenwood, Anna Margaret
The thesis of this paper is that the solution to the world’s hunger crisis is not, simply, to increase production, try and curb the world’s population growth, and deal with the periodic food shortages and famines by giving food, technology and trade assistance. After having done extensive research, I have concluded that hunger in the world today is caused by the means of production and by the unjust structures of distribution in the modern, capitalist, agricultural system...
Keywords: Hunger--Religious aspects--Christianity
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[texts]Re-visioning Martha - Yamaguchi, Satoko
In this thesis I have tried to illuminate the importance of using a different historical imagination in revisioning our traditions and history. A different historical imagination enables us to ask new questions, and they, in turn, lead us to further expansion of even more different historical imaginations. In my search for a different historical imagination, I have also tried to illustrate the importance of who tells what stories and how they are told...
Keywords: Martha, Saint
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[texts]Tuned to the source: an exploration of queer sexuality and spirituality in leather, life and scripture - Brown, Lea D.
My thesis will explore the healing power found in the union of sexuality and spirituality... sharing evidence of how it is transformational in the lives of queer people, and demonstrating whre evidence of it can be found in scripture. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
Downloads: 40
[texts]Divine diversity: The Church's challenge or god's greatest imagination - Provis, Robyn A.
This thesis is a testament to my struggle to say something important that counts - to articulate a holy hunch ... The diversity found within humanity is both intentional and incarnational, and can provide an embodied means to genuine community, becuase it is the essence of and a gift from God. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Christianity and culture
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[texts]Anti-oppression visual art in churches: Saint John's Memorial Chapel at Episcopal Divinity School as a case study - Scheyer, Joyce Mack
This study will help to prepare lay and ordained ministers in the Episcopal church to notice the exclusion of African-Americans from visual art in worship space. My observations about what I found and what was missing in visual art in various churches led me to write this thesis. This study is designed to meet the current need for Christian education and to prepare ministers to lead worship in liturgical space that is true to the evolving demographics of Episcopal parishes...
Keywords: Art and religion
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[texts]Program evaluation research study on the implementation of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program in a public high school: a dissertation - Beardall, Nancy G.
The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program is the subject of this research study. MVP is a high school leadership and mentoring program that focuses on promoting gender respect and preventing harassment, sexual harassment and teen dating abuse in middle schools and high schools. --Abstract
Keywords: Mentoring in education -- United States
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[texts]Process of implementing health-promoting schools in Zhejiang Province, China: a dissertation - Aldinger, Carmen E.
This study describes in detail the processes, interventions, challenges, and self-reported changes associated with implementing the Health-Promoting Schools (HPS) project in Zhejiang Province, China. It is a descriptive study, based on a case study model, using illustrative examples from nine schools. -- Abstract
Keywords: School management and organization -- China
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[texts]Faith and vocational crisis in the experience of Episcopal clergy - James C. Knudson
The truism that clergy are human includes the facts that clergy are just as prone to suffer the kind of life-crisis that other people suffer as they face the change of perspective of the second half of life. The point of view from which this thesis proceeds is that life-crisis will not be prevented by excellent formation early in a person’s ordained life, but that good early formation could mitigate some of the worst effects in later years...
Keywords: Episcopal Church--Clergy
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[texts]Striking scenes: theo-ethical dimensions of film - Culbertson, Meghan Sumner.
The primary purpose of this project is to draw on … different disciplines in order to analyze and critique two particular films [Thelma and Louise, Do the Right Thing] within the context of theology and ethics. -- Abstract
Keywords: Thelma & Louise (Motion picture)
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[texts]Souls in a state of emergence-y : work in progress - Happe, Lois Koester.
To investigate the spirituality of women at mid-life who had made a significant decision concerning their identity and allegiance, one that had changes the course of their lives … In part, an effort to record and reflect the process of making /discovering the meaning of an important period in my life. -- Abstract
Keywords: Feminist theology
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[texts]Eucharistic liturgy as emancipatory performance : The significance of Indian street theatre - Ackley, Susan
An attempt to look at Eucharistic liturgy through the lens of Indian street theater, with the hope that the latter will suggest specific ways to re-form the performance of Eucharistic liturgies so that they may more effectively mediate the sacramental promise of liberation/salvation. --Abstract.
Keywords: Street theater--India
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[texts]Returning to holy wells : reflections on refreshing God's people - West, Paul Francis
At its heart this thesis is an invitation. I invite the reader to share the journey stated in the thesis title: Returning to Holy Wells: Reflections on Refreshing God’s People.” That returning must never cease because our spiritual grounding unfolds as a continuous process and through the repetition of what we practice. It can be no other way for we do not ‘own’ the Holy. We grow thirsty on such a journey, and we need repeated refreshment for our deepest spiritual thirsts...
Keywords: Eucharistic prayers--Episcopal Church--Liturgy
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[texts]Pilgrimage and divinity : crossroads of place, time and space - Vincent, Charlene.
This thesis is born out of the belief that we, each and every one, have an innate ability to shed all that is earthly and “to be” in Sacred space i.e. to be one with the Divine. Whether this occurs ona mountaintop, a city street, a holy site, a church, a synagogue, mosque, or temple or at seminary; whether it involves rituals, sights and sounds belonging to a specific place; or whether it can be found in the absence of all of the above, are questions that I seek to answer through my research...
Keywords: Vincent, Charlene
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[texts]Communual grief in relationship to HIV/AIDS - Schwaigert, Axel
I will develop a way to understand and communicate communal grief as a process the HIV/AIDS-affected community has to go through. I will offer this as a development of grief theory in a narrative form as a Village of Grief. I will then apply this grief theory to the situation of HIV/AIDS. In order to do so I will offer a theoretical definition of the HIV/AIDS-affected community. In a next step I will describe several exemplary expressions of communal HIV/AIDS-related grief in the past and come t...
Keywords: AIDS (Disease) -- Psychological aspects
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[texts]Song of the Soul - Moore, Diane L.
The vast discrepancy between the number of lesbian clergy who are out, employed and valued and the majority who are forced to remain closeted to retain the respect they have earned is staggering in both number and implication. Denominations that officially refuse to ordain “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” are accepting them into the ranks of the clergy by the score as long as they remain closeted...
Keywords: Lesbian clergy
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[texts]The crown and the veil : the use and meaning of the symbol virginity in three sermons by Hildegard of Bingen - Christianson, Regina
Hildegard of Bingen, famous in her lifetime as a prophet and composer of music, poetry, and books, left a collection of sermons which she had given to her nuns. The purpose of this paper is to locate these sermons within the culture in which they were performed, to examine how Hildegard uses symbols in the composing of these sermons, and speculate on how this knowledge might help preachers effectively and ethically evangelize...
Keywords: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179
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[texts]Politics of art education in the public schools: a dissertation - Campbell, Wendy
In this study, I examine why the subject of art has been marginalized in the public schools. I also suggest a way to remedy the situation. My analysis concerning why art has been marginalized comes from an integration of insights from three discourses: feminism, postmodernism, and the perspective implied by the literature of the recovery community. Writers in all three discourses suggest that the world view of the dominant culture is based on a separation between self and other and between thoug...
Keywords: Art -- Study and teaching -- United States
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[texts]Situating reading, shaping divinity: Luce Irigaray, interpretation, theology - Russell, Richar
As an activist and political rhetorician, Luce Irigaray continually positions her work vis-à-vis communities of women who are struggling against the oppressive logic of phallocentrism and its conception of the divine, yet her audience has been and continues to be academic feminists whose disciplinary interests rarely lead them to construct liturgies and socially-enacted rhetorics designed to test the practical force of Luce Irigaray’s theological reflections...
Keywords: Irigaray, Luce
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[texts]Liturgical change: of life, liberty, pursuit - Blacklock, Martha
When we began I was looking for an experience in liturgy that would transform me into someone capable of living justly and compassionately. And I was an Episcopal priest with responsibility to see that sacraments happen. And now? The same. With a blind, formless, sniffing hunch that there is a way of acting, a performance, a gesture? that can turn us to the death and resurrection that creates every possibility for a life restored … The point! That we’re that close, all the time, to some vivi...
Keywords: Spiritual life--Christianity
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[texts]Towards 'companerismo' : a theology of relational embodiment - Wetherilt, Ann.
In a society and culture slowly awakening to the impact of rampant individualism and self-serving action, the quest for “community” has become a central focus of life for many people here in these United States. I particular, the concept has been picked up by the Christian churches as they reflect on the “communal” foundation of their faith, as they understand it. It is the contention of this paper that much of what is sought and understood as “community” falls short of the commitmen...
Keywords: Incarnation
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[texts]Home environment factors influencing literacy development: a group of Brazilian immigrant Head Start children: a dissertation - Switzer, Sharon C.
This dissertation examines the literacy practices embedded in the home environment of a group of 5 Brazilian Head Start children. It elucidates the difficulties and challenges of immigration that influenced their home environments and describes the literacy practices embedded within these home environments. --Abstract
Keywords: Head Start programs -- United States; Reading -- Parent participation
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[texts]Transforming higher education through part-time faculty professional development that fosters flourishing: a dissertation - Thompson, Janet Lynn
This qualitative study investigates the professional development experiences part-time faculty identify as positive. The purpose is to examine how positive professional development experiences inform part-time faculty's subsequent teaching, and what relational qualities if any are present in those positive experiences. --Abstract
Keywords: College teachers -- In-service training -- Case studies
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[texts]Getting to the heart of mentoring relationships: a dissertation - LeDuc, Karen
The purpose of this study was to understand how the mentoring relationship and its organizational supports help to inform mentoring programs in public schools. Mentoring is defined as a complex interaction between a public school teacher, the mentor, and a new-to-the-district teacher, the protege. The mentoring relationship is examined from the perspectives of the mentor and the protege. --Abstract
Keywords: Mentoring in education -- United States
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[texts]Investigation of the relationship between middle school science teachers' knowledge and beliefs regarding the coherence and connections among science concepts and their classroom practices: a dissertation - Eberle, Francis
This phenomenological investigation used an inductive qualitative research approach with multiple instruments and processes including a survey, interviews, classroom observations, concept maps, and classroom materials for data. The results suggest that middle school science teachers' ability to teach science in a connected and coherent fashion may be tied to their mental schema for organizing science ideas, curriculum materials, and their reflections on what they are teaching and why...
Keywords: Science -- Study and teaching (Middle school) -- Case studies
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[texts]Building sacred space for the new millennium - Smith, Amelia L. J.
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an import...
Keywords: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States
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[texts]A plan for individual engagement in advancing the Millenium Development Goals - Bronson, William E.
The thesis will address the question - what can we do to mitigate the tragedy of over 20,000 of our fellow human beings dying every day in the developing world due to hunger, disease, exposure, and neglect.--Abstract.
Keywords: UN Millennium Project
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[texts]Lesbians and horticulture, lesbians and art: how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively - Blanchett-Ramsey, Penny
My thesis is a view of how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively from transgendered lesbian bodies, principles and practices. -- Abstract
Keywords: Lesbianism in art
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[texts]Come to the water : the queer congregation as healing community - Saniuk, Joan M.
Metropolitan Community Churches, and other queer-affirming congregations, are communities of faith for a population that is at once privileged and oppressed: privileged, because those who self-identify as queer are often from the middle and professional classes, and oppressed because of the social and religious anti-queer stigma that is still a very large part of the dominant culture. Because of this oppression, it is predictable that congregants will, to some extent, experience feelings of grie...
Keywords: Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches
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[texts]Two men, two movements and our call to seek justice: Bayard Rustin, Troy Perry and the civil rights and gay rights movements - Dubose, Renee
The impetus for this thesis was the 2004 grassroots effort to defeat Amendment 1 in my home state of Georgia. During that experience I witnessed some of the unfinished racial and relational work that exists between members of the African American and GLBT communities as well as the tension of those who identify as both African American and GLBT. This paper offers insights regarding some of the similarities and differences of the Civil Rights and Gay Rights Movements in order to continue the dial...
Keywords: Perry, Troy D
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[texts]In my Father's house : an African American male spirituality - Thomell, Kwasi A.
In My Father’s House: An African American Male Ministry” is a work designed to fully empower a segment of God’s creation for the work of ministry in and out of the institutional church. It is my belief that there is a significant and underutilized community of potential believers who if empowered will be strong and faithful witnesses to God’s power and glory. It is my belief that working with African American men through retreats, prayer groups, fellowship and service opportunities, we c...
Keywords: African American men--Religious life
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[texts]Portraits of leadership: relationships among gender, age, and creativity: a dissertation - Desrosiers, Diane Caton
This Portraits of Leadership research focuses on using children's artwork to study girls' perceptions of leadership. 244 school age children were asked to draw their image of a leader and to write descriptions of why they chose this person as a leader. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were conducted to determine the relationships among gender, age, and creativity and choice of leader in drawing and written descriptions...
Keywords: Leadership
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[texts]Queering church : integrating queer theology in congregational life in Metropolitan Community churches - Amos, Kharma R.
A contribution to the conversation taking place in MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) about how we can practically recognize and draw upon our unique perspectives and strengths, of which I believe queer theology to be the primary tool, in order to live faithfully into our vision. -- Abstract
Keywords: Queer theory
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[texts]Recreating our stories : a theological journey with anger - Buxton, Rosemarie C.
A reflection on stories of anger within the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly as they relate to women, some of the history of the theology and ethics of anger, and finally, on the psychological, pastoral, and even health consequences for women of the expression and repression of anger.--Abstract.
Keywords: Jesus Christ--Person and offices
Downloads: 66
[texts]Toward fellow sinners: an ethical and historical exploration of the penology of Miriam Van Waters - Sakalas, Joan M.
The focus of the thesis is on the ethical foundations of Miriam Van Waters' penology, the process of locating those values entails a braid of several disciplines: biographical research, historical research, and Christian social ethics. -- Abstract
Keywords: Van Waters, Miriam
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[texts]Professional beliefs and the conditions that support integrated curriculum in a New England middle school : a dissertation - Davis, Cheryl Lynn
The purpose of this investigation was to identify the professional beliefs of middle level educators who integrate the curriculum and the conditions that support the implementation of curriculum integration. Ten middle level teachers who represented two interdisciplinary teams participated in the study. --Abstract
Keywords: Middle schools -- New England -- Curricula -- Research
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[texts]Theological and pragmatic investigation of a sacred "hang out" space for youth in Manchester, Massachusetts - Harris, Andrew Sturgis
In this thesis I have explored the need of middle school children in Manchester for “a place” to “hang out.” Toward that end, I have also explored my own life path and the reasons I know that I am called by God to work for “a place’ of these children in Manchester. I have concluded that there are overwhelming theological, ethical, and social imperatives supporting this goal. Nonetheless, I have also concluded that Manchester has a long history of shortchanging its children...
Keywords: Church work with teenagers--Massachusetts--Manchester
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[texts]Immigrant youth ministry : identity formation and second-generation Church of South India young people - Mathews, Koshy
This thesis focuses on the racial and religious identity development of second-generation Kerala Christian Americans belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) congregations in North America. The primary purpose of this study is to develop ways to carry out ethnic youth ministry that would be sensitive to the ethnic identity formation of second-generation young people. In the exploration of such a ministry, this study makes the assertion that ethnic identity development of these young people s...
Keywords: Church of South India--United States
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[texts]Identity formation and collaborative inquiry in the zone of proximal development: eighth grade ESL students doing research - a teacher research study: a dissertation - Bearse, Carol Irene
This study is an ethnographic investigation of a Grade Eight ESL IV class conducting research with topics of their own choosing from October, 2001 through May, 2002. This investigation is conceived as a qualitative teacher-research study: an ethnographic examination of collaborative inquiry in the ESL classroom setting where the majority of the students are Brazilian. --Abstract
Keywords: English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers -- Psychologial aspects
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[texts]Characteristics of learners enrolled in advanced level courses in Hebrew, Chinese, and Japanese at Brandeis University: a dissertation - Ringvald, Vardit
Researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in the field of foreign language study in higher education in the United States are familiar with the phenomenon of declining numbers among learners in advanced foreign language courses… This study offers new direction in understanding the dropout phenomenon. Its goal is to examine the characteristics of learners at the advanced level as a means to explain and understand their motivation to pursue advanced language with the hope that these findings...
Keywords: Language and languages -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Psychological aspects
Downloads: 408
[texts]Jesus' paradigm of ministry : a holistic approach for Korean worship - Chah, Chwoong-Hoh
The major premise in my thesis is that Jesus’ universal paradigm of ministry liberates and re-creates Confuncianized Koreans. It is symbolized in the new worship model of observing all that Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:20. My assumption is that a worship form should be considered as culmination of ministry or symbolic of a ministerial system. – Abstract.
Keywords: Jesus Christ--Teachings
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[texts]Teacher supervision and reflectivity: a relational and interactional process: a dissertation - Stanley, Claire M.
This dissertation examines teacher supervision and reflectivity.
Keywords: Teachers -- Training of; Reflection (Philosophy)
Downloads: 476
[texts]Sustainable results in urban middle schools: how principals use systems thinking to lead effective change: a dissertation - Burke, Peggy H.
This study presents the stories of four urban middle school principals engaged in reform that is grounded on the core principle that every early adolescent has the capacity for high-level intellectual development. Data collected over two years through formal interviews and informal conversations with principals and teachers, school and district surveys and reports, student test data, and personal observations were analyzed from a systems thinking theoretcial framework to assess each principal's ...
Keywords: Middle school principals -- United States -- Attitudes
Downloads: 631
[texts]Dimensions of the paraeducator experiencefacilitating the inclusion of children with identified special education needs in general education classes: a dissertation - Riggs, Cathryn Griswold
This study investigates the role of teacher's assistants with special education students in mainstreamed classrooms.
Keywords: Mainstreaming in education
Downloads: 596
[texts]Authority, leadership, and peacemaking: the role of the Diasporas: a pilot study of a group relations conference - Wallach, Tracy
Research suggests that conflicts are much more likely to re-ignite in societies which have large Diaspora communities in the United States. This study examines the role of American Jewish, Arab, and other Middle Eastern Diaspora communities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and addresses the generally neglected role of trauma and emotions in perpetuating conflict. The project employed group relations conference methodology to conduct the inquiry...
Keywords: Diaspora; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Group relations; Peace; Leadership; Trauma; Reconciliation
Downloads: 555
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